Created in the late 1990s, The Heavy is a funky-blues rock band from Bath, England. Critics describe them as a humorous edgy multi-influenced band that spawned from a blue collar community. Influences include Prince, 90’s hip-hop, and reggae. Their sound resembles The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Smashmouth, and The Undertones.
The group began when vocalist Kelvin Swaby and guitarist Dan Taylor became friends in 1998. The duo started collaborating on music and later added drummer Chris Ellum and bassist Spencer Page. The quartet performed and wrote music for nearly a decade before gaining any label attention. In 2007, the group dropped their first single, “The Kind of Man.” After releasing their second EP, major label Ninja Records inked the band to a deal.
The same year, the group entered the studio and released their debut album, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire. Both critics and fans loved the new record. When the band appeared on David Letterman, they were asked to stay and play longer. Apparently, this was the first time any group had been asked to do this. The album made the band an international success landing them spots on several popular tours. After receiving awards in the UK, in 2008 they performed at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The Heavy contributed most of their success to their hit single “How do You Like me Know.” The single featured in many television shows in the late 2000-2009 decade, including Entourage, White Collar, and The Fighter.
In 2009, The Heavy dropped their sophomore album, The House that Dirt Built. It was a clear reference to the overbearing aristocracy that consumes British politics. The record featured experimental sounds with fuzzy guitar and bass. The group followed with an international tour. Afterwards, they began work on their most recent album, The Glorious Dead. It received mixed reviews just as the previous one had. They followed by touring in promotion of their album. The Heavy is currently on an international tour, making notable stops at the Fuji Music Festival in Japan and Nozstock in Bromyard, UK.